Thursday, February 10, 2011

Love is All You Need: A Valentine Challenge

Make Something Special

This Valentine's Day, make something special! 

My latest challenge came from Most Wanted, a lifestyle magazine on the money-saving site They will be posting various projects for everyone to make for Valentine's Day. So what did I choose to make? A faux cake on pedestal - very romantic! Now, I must admit the idea was not entirely mine. Some years ago, I saw this type of project in a magazine that inspired me, so I've given it my own touch to make it special.

To start, you'll need a candlestick holder for the base, a lid for the pedestal and a round box.

Select some of your favorite paper, trims and embellishments to adorn it.

Measure the paper to adhere to the sides of the box. Because the lid was very tight on this box, I chose not to paper the entire side, but rather only up to the lid edge. If necessary, cut additional pieces to adhere so the entire side is covered.

Next, paint the lid white.

I used a tin lid to form the pedestal base. You can use any kind as long as it has a lip. To make for better adherence, lightly scuff the lid inside where the glass candlestick will be adhered.

Using a hot glue gun, adhere trims around the sides.

Next, turn it over and hot glue the candlestick to the bottom of the lid used as the pedestal.

Turn it back over, and brush white glue across the top. Sprinkle on glitter until it is completely covered.

Ooooh, look how pretty it is starting to look!

Do the same thing to the painted box lid, brushing white glue across the top and cover with glitter.

Select your trims and adhere around the box.

At this point, I decided a string of pearls would look nice on the pedestal, so I went back and added those.

After adhering trim to the box, do the same with the lid.

Using silver tinsel or pipe cleaners, bend into the shape of a heart while forming a foot at the base.

Adhere the heart using a hot glue gun.

Once the heart is adhered, add your embellishments.

Simply hot glue the box to the glittered pedestal and...

Voila! A perfect faux cake for your sweetie. (It's okay to be your own sweetie if you like)

Oh, wait... a little vintage bird has flown by. Yes, I think that is exactly what it needs!

 Let's not let it fly away. Adhere our friend the birdie using glue or a pick.

The more you look at it, the more you may want to add just a little something more. No problem, embellish to your heart's content. You might want to add some additional flowers at the base of the box. 

It does look good enough to eat, but be careful or you are sure to get a mouthful of glitter!

I hope you enjoyed making this for your sweetie, whether it be a friend or family.

From my heart to yours...

Happy Valentine's Day!


Lucys Baby said...

Ohhh, I love this, it's so sweet! Thanks for sharing. I'm sending my love right back at ya!

Gale Varland said...

This faux cake is stunning! All of the little details, it's perfect.
I am really glad that I have come upon your blog!